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March 2011: Rental Rescue

March 2011: Rental Rescue

Recently, while thumbing through three major furniture catalogs that came in the mail on the same day, I couldn’t help but think that when it comes to home design, things are now too easy. With hundreds of two-page spreads at your fingertips, any person with a credit card and an Internet connection can have the […]

February 2011: Rental Rescue

February 2011: Rental Rescue

 When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you a small living room, make do.  Highlight a room’s focal points, like a fireplace, and bring furniture into the center of the room, anchored by an area rug. Even a small or narrow space (below) can have a sense of openness if large pieces […]

February 2011: Your Kids

February 2011: Your Kids

 Treasures and unusual nooks are hidden behind a secret door (that doubles as a bookcase) on the top floor of Nana and BoBana’s North Downtown house. Greta, Collette, Harper and Holden, ages 3 months to 6 years, are the bright-eyed grandchildren who visit Jackie and John Binder (Nana and BoBana, respectively) in their cozy and […]

February 2011: Your Abode

February 2011: Your Abode

$1,044, Kane Furniture 1200 W. Main St., 296-5594 Like Sunday morning …Or Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon, or sleepless Tuesday nights. If it’s going to be the seat that calls to you anytime you need comfort, it’ll have to be easy indeed. Look for one you can spend hours in; one roomy enough to hold deep […]

February 2011: Green Scene

February 2011: Green Scene

Trees in the garden Want mulch for your walkways or plantings that’s not only green, but free? How about mulch that contains the ghost of Christmas past? You’re in luck: Albemarle County creates exactly that by chipping discarded Christmas trees. Collection of trees took place until the middle of last month (and by the way, […]

February 2011: Your Kitchen

February 2011: Your Kitchen

There is no more pedestrian vegetable than the potato. It is the tuber, or root, of the Solanum tuberosum plant, which is a member of the nightshade family that is native to South America. Indigenous populations in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador have cultivated potatoes for several thousand years. The potato has taken root most […]

January 2011: Green Scene

January 2011: Green Scene

 A greener view Some older PVC or vinyl blinds contain lead, so replace if installed before 1997. The windows in your home likely offer a beautiful view of the great outdoors, but did you know that they may be costing you as much as a fourth of your total heating/cooling expenses? So after you’ve caulked […]

January 2011: Rental Rescue

January 2011: Rental Rescue

 Let’s face it. ’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, and most of us are better at breaking them than making them. “I’m going to lose 25 pounds” or “I’m going to read more” are classics. Cut to a stack of unread books on the night stand and an elliptical machine that looks like a […]

January 2011: Your Kitchen

January 2011: Your Kitchen

 When describing a person, hearty means vigorous, joyful, and full of heart, perhaps calling to mind a cheerful farmer plowing into a huge breakfast after having completed the morning chores. Heartiness in vegetables is a double-edged sword, as often the heartier vegetables are stored in a haphazard fashion, or tarry forever in the supermarket aisle […]

December 2010: Downtown state of mind

December 2010: Downtown state of mind

 When Roulhac Toledano took over the vacant warehouse by the Downtown Mall nearly 30 years ago, she found abandoned tools, remnants of chicken coops (the site was once the Albemarle Grocery Co.), and a whole lot of pigeons. Armed with her experience as an architectural historian, artist, and former antique collector, Toledano also saw the […]

December 2010: Rental Rescue

December 2010: Rental Rescue

 With Jack Frost nipping at your nose and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, the need for home as a comfortable, cozy escape is at the top of our wish list. We tend to focus a lot of our time, energy, and resources on communal spaces—those that are most seen and […]

December 2010: Your Kitchen

December 2010: Your Kitchen

 Reach out for sprouts  Brussels sprouts are often overcooked and underseasoned, but with the right treatment, they can be certifiably delicious. Take the case of cranberry relish, traditionally consumed just once a year at Thanksgiving but so often purchased in the can, processed and gelatinous, already defeated. But the cranberry is native to the United […]

December 2010: Stuff We Love

December 2010: Stuff We Love

 Pitch-perfect platters Clockwise from top left: $355 from Caspari (100 W. Main St., 817-7880); $133 from Creme de la Creme (North Wing, Barrack Road Shopping Center, 296-7018); $150 from The Happy Cook (Barracks Road Shopping Center, 977-2665); $51.95 from Seasonal Cook (416 W. Main St., 295-9355) Just as you yourself are more appealing when not […]

December 2010: Green Scene

December 2010: Green Scene

Score me, baby Wouldn’t it be cool if your house came with a number that told you how energy-efficient it is? Charlottesville will soon be one of the first communities in the U.S. where such a thing is possible. We’ve been chosen by the federal Department of Energy to be one of 10 places to […]

November 2010: Stuff We Love

November 2010: Stuff We Love

Small but powerful Renting a room with no good kitchen access? Want to really trick out a guest suite? Get in touch with your poetic side: Avanti’s compact kitchens are kind of like haikus—compact and contained, trim and thoughtful. The compact kitchens range from 2.4 to 3.8 cubic feet, and all units pack quite a […]

November 2010: Green Scene

November 2010: Green Scene

Southern hospitality Late autumn is propitious for shrubs. The extreme battles of summer heat and drought are over. Above ground all is still and undemanding; below, cool, moderate soil temperatures encourage root growth. Cut the grass high one last time, stow the mower, and turn your attention to the bushes.    Azaleas have set flower […]

November 2010: Your kids

November 2010: Your kids

 Problem: Encouraging imagination while honoring a young girl’s taste Stella Goldstein, 4, heads over to her vintage rack of dress-up clothes and pushes past the fairy wings and sparkly pink princess dresses before happily plucking her red cape off the hanger. “This is for super hero games that Max and me play,” she explains. Max, […]

November 2010: Do It Yourself

November 2010: Do It Yourself

Before After Turn a builder’s grade fireplace into a touch of old Virginia style with a reclaimed mantel and surround. Fire faux As we begin to prepare for the cool, autumn Virginia nights, many of us embrace the great indoors. If you’re like me, nothing says fall like making a pitcher of Stone Fences (cider […]

November 2010: Your Kitchen

November 2010: Your Kitchen

Chicken in the pot As humans, we tend to think of putting on weight in the winter months, but really it is the abundance of summer and fall that ought to fatten us up for the winter—not unlike the Thankgiving turkey and the Christmas goose. Speaking of our feathered friends, November is a great time […]

October 2010: Green Scene

October 2010: Green Scene

One brick at a time In the process of updating or demolishing a building? Here’s a handy source for finding and disposing of reclaimed materials—PlanetReuse. Think of it as a supplement to our local resource, the Habitat Store. The folks at PlanetReuse match up buyers with sellers, work to find materials within 250 to 500 […]

October 2010: Stuff We Love

October 2010: Stuff We Love

Bowled over Made from 100 percent recycled material in a family-owned Cairo workshop, these food-safe bowls incorporate both style and function. $6.50 each at Artifacts. (111 Fourth St., NE, 295-9500)                 Wrap it up   There’s something exciting about unwrapping a new gadget. The perfect hardware, the glossy […]

October 2010: Your Kitchen

October 2010: Your Kitchen

 All summer, while humans have been eating, and weeding, and watering gardens and farms, a more subtle and profound transformation has taken place in pastures and hardwood pens across the Old Dominion. Domesticated animals have been working long days harvesting, storing and distributing energy on our behalf.  Cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry are able […]

October 2010: Rental Rescue

October 2010: Rental Rescue

When it comes to fixing up a rental, I believe we have to play more of a magician than master carpenter, opting for a bag of tricks and a magic wand instead of a sledgehammer and chainsaw. Even if you have a landlord who gives you free run of the place and tells you to […]

October 2010: One of a kind

October 2010: One of a kind

What happens when two young architects move into a brand-new townhouse, surrounded by dozens of identical townhouses, in a big development where the bulldozers are still at work? If they’re Lowell Morin and Lin Jia, they cheerfully overlook the dust and set to work making their home their own. The pair moved into the Pavilions […]

September 2010: Green Scene

September 2010: Green Scene

Bring walls to life Lacking the space to invest in a full-sized garden? If you’re looking for a way to bring some green plant life into the house, consider wall planters as a refreshing alternative to potted plants or cut flowers. Woolly Pocket Garden Company designs gardening containers made of a shapeable felt that is […]

September 2010: Stuff We Love

September 2010: Stuff We Love

Desktop basics With school back in session there’s no better time to get organized. The good news: You don’t need a lot of fancy gadgets to bring order to your work space. Weights, containers and a sense of style are all that’s required to keep clutter at bay. Here are some of our favorite options […]

September 2010: Your Kitchen

September 2010: Your Kitchen

In September we feel the weight of the summer. For gardeners, it is a time of hot, sunny days punctuated with late evening watering sessions, themselves punctuated with mosquitoes and other pests. The first tomatoes arrived to much fanfare in July (or perhaps June, for those willing to gamble with frost dates). Favorite dishes have […]